I have loved Bob Dylan from the time I heard Blowin’ in the Wind way back in the Sixties. But Bob Dylan Nobel laureate! Winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature! Call me old-fashioned. I prefer to read literature and listen to music. Dylan’s songs may be poems set to music. But I would rather read the poems of WH Auden and Dylan Thomas, neither of whom won the Nobel Prize. Dylan I will listen to. [Read more…] about Bob Dylan, Nobel laureate: Great singer-songwriter, great poet?
You don’t have to know Shakespeare to quote him. Every day we quote Shakespeare, without even knowing we are using his words. He has become part and parcel of our language.
Scholars have estimated he coined 1,700 words. Many of the words we use are traced back to his poems and plays. [Read more…] about Unknowingly quoting Shakespeare
I just can’t get Anne Sexton out of my head after reading her poem, For My Lover, Returning to His Wife. Written from the mistress’s point of view, it stays in your mind because of its unusual perspective. [Read more…] about Anne Sexton: For My Lover, Returning to His Wife, and more
Thank you for the music, Fats Domino, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Joan Baez, Janis Joplin, Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, Peter, Paul and Mary, Drifters, Everly Brothers, Mamas and Papas, and too many to name here. I love you all, but most of all I love the Beatles and Elvis Presley. [Read more…] about Elvis and the Beatles
On this day, on October 5, in 1962, the Beatles’ first single, Love Me Do, was released with PS I Love You on the flip side in Britain. The rest is history. Philip Larkin summed it up most memorably in his poem, Annus Mirabilis: [Read more…] about PS I love you, Beatles
Why do the most popular love stories have star-crossed lovers?
Think of Romeo and Juliet.
I am not ashamed to admit I was moved by Erich Segal’s Love Story.
Nicholas Sparks’ handkerchief-wetting The Notebook ends with the lovers embracing, but one of them has Alzheimer’s. [Read more…] about Graham Greene and The End of the Affair